Orajel is one of many canker sore products
Canker sore form on soft tissue inside your mouth.
Sensodyne toothpaste does not contain SLS
Check Your Toothpaste
Canker sores tend to appear during
periods of high stress.  Stress gets
blamed for a lot of our illnesses.  
Take note of this and try to relax a
bit and take things for what they are
(ooh, philosophy in an article about
canker sores!)
Canker sores are painful and persistent ulcers that
appear on the soft tissue inside your mouth.  There is
no known cause or cure for canker sores, but you can
take steps to avoiding them and relieving their pain.  Use toothpaste without sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and
avoid mouth traumas like biting your lips and cheeks.  Leading a life void of stress with a good well-balanced
diet goes a long way towards avoiding canker sores (and much, much more!).   Good dental hygiene should
always be followed and products abound that will reduce the pain while you wait for the sores to eventually
go away in 7-10 days.  Good luck in your campaign against canker sores!
Chill Out
Does your toothpaste contain sodium lauryl sulfate, or
SLS?  If so, change to another brand.  SLS is a foaming
agent that dries out your mouth tissue making it more
susceptible to cracks and injuries that could trigger a
canker sore appearance.
Get Rid of Canker Sores
Mouth Trauma
Biting your lip or cutting the inside of your mouth (perhaps with sharp teeth)
invites canker sores, so stop doing this immediately!  Of course, canker sores
are the least of your problems if you are intentionally biting yourself.
Research shows that canker sores
appear more frequently in people
with nutritional deficiencies.  You
know the list: Vitamins B1, B2, B6,
B12 and C, zinc, folic acid, iron and
calcium.  In today’s world it is
unusual for people in developed
nations to have severe deficiencies
but a good balanced diet goes a long
way towards promoting general
overall good health.
Eat Right
There are approximate one bazillion products that
purport to be canker sore remedies.  They all work the
same way.  They use a chemical like benzocaine to kill the
pain.  They also include an antiseptic to clean the area or
a filming ingredient to cover and protect the sore from
further trauma.  All the
products work temporarily
and there is no one product
that is better than any
other.  The message is the
same for all.  Administer the
product periodically to dull the
pain and protect the sore, then
wait 7-10 days for it to go away.
Canker sores differ from cold sores.  Many people confuse them because they
both appear in the mouth area but they are completely different beasts.  Cold
sores almost always start on the outside of your lip, are caused by a form of
the herpes virus and are highly contagious.  Canker sores are not related to
the herpes virus at all, never appear on the outside of your lip and are not
contagious.
Canker Sores are not Cold Sores
Sites and Blogs about Canker Sores
A few of our favorite canker sore  sites.  Check them out for great information.
wikiAnswers                              Associated Content                                                            
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Canker Sore Video
Cankers sores are somewhat of a mystery to the medical profession.  They are known as
aphthous ulcers, there is no known cause for them and they have no known cure.  Canker
sores are small painful white ulcerations that occur on the soft tissue inside your mouth.  
They can appear on your tongue, the lower portion of your inside lip near the base of your
teeth and on the inside of your cheeks.  They hurt, they are persistent and they bother 10%
of the population on a recurring basis.   Remember, there is no remedy for canker sores but
there are several steps you can take to avoid them or relieve the pain.
You Can Get Rid of Canker Sores
Remember, there is no cure for canker sores, but it can’t
hurt to
follow good oral hygiene.  Many people believe
simple gargling with an antibacterial mouthwash like
Listerine or Scope helps speed up recovery from canker
sores.  Others believe hydrogen peroxide works just as
well.
Rinse and Spit
Over the Counter Products
There are excellent products available online.   
Amazon offers a comprehensive list of brand name
products at inexpensive cost in their Health and
Personal Care Store.  Amazon is the largest online
purveyor of health and personal care products.
Relax to prevent canker sores
Always practice good dental hygiene
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